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Track rod ends - 'sided'?

I'm having to change the track rod end on the front RIGHT side of the car (3.0L V6 diesel) and have come across a peculiarity.

I ordered a replacement PAIR (might as well do both sides eh?) and they are marked (L) and (R) respectively - fair enough BUT.....

...when I removed the RIGHT HAND rod and compared it to the new replacement it was the LEFT HAND replacement that matched, not the right

Comparing both sides (new pieces) you can see there is a 'hand' to them - a slight offset - so they obviously DO have a correct/incorrect side to them but is it therefore the case that the one currently fitted (from new) has been WRONG all along?

Or doesn't it really matter which way they are fitted after all?

Puzzled????? Can anyone help?

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